15:34 Friday 03 January 2014

Miserable weather and 40mph forecast for Burton and South Derbyshire

Written byMARK MCKAY

HEAVY downpours could hit already saturated ground in Burton and South Derbyshire over the next 24 hours, forecasters have warned.

Although no formal weather warnings have been made for the region, the Met Office predicted miserable weather for today and tomorrow with up to 50ml of rain falling.

Gusts of 40mph could also sweep through the region as a band of low pressure passes over the UK.

The forecast follows on from a period of exceptionally heavy rain in which low-lying fields in Willington near the River Trent have flooded.

The Environment Agency has also warned residents in flood-prone areas to be on their guard after it issued flood alerts – the lowest level warning – for the River Trent.

Low-lying land and roads between Kings Bromley and Clay Mills and between Castle Donington and Newton Solney are thought to be most at risk.

A spokesman from the Met Office told the Mail the wet weather could last until the early hours of Monday morning.

The spokesman said: “We have not got a warning out for the rain and it’s difficult to say exactly how much will fall.

“That will depend on whether the area is caught by a heavy shower or whether it misses.

“But this rain will still fall on wet ground so anything could have an impact even if it’s quite light.”

The spokesman said today will start with some light showers with the wet weather predicted to continue throughout the day.

The spokesman said: “It will get heavier in the morning but it might dry up in the afternoon and there should be a fairly dry night before Sunday.

“Then there will be another band of rain which moves through on Sunday which again could be light or heavy depending on which area hits.”

Severn Trent, which deals with sewerage in Burton and provides a full water service in Derbyshire, said staff will work ‘around the clock’ to tackle flooding problems which could come to fruition because of the heavy rain which is forecast at the weekend.

Jason Lingard, waste water manager for the firm said extra staff would man call centres and deal with any flooding issues.

He said: “Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them.

“When we get a lot of rain in one go, it has a hard time sinking into the ground; so it just runs off the surface and goes directly into drains and sewers.”

Problems can be reported by calling Severn Trent on 0800 783 4444.

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